Meaning of carl in English:


Pronunciation /kɑːl/


  • 1 archaic A peasant or man of low birth.

    bumpkin, country bumpkin, country cousin, rustic, countryman, countrywoman, country dweller, daughter of the soil, son of the soil, peasant, provincial, oaf, lout, boor, barbarian
    1. 1.1Scottish A man; a fellow.
      • ‘The fact that the figure on the salt is well dressed and wears a sword indicates that, if he is a carl, he comes into the latter category.’
      man, boy


Old English (denoting a peasant or villein): from Old Norse karl ‘man, freeman’, of Germanic origin; related to churl.